OPINION: In Praise Of The Challenger
Challenger 650, still notching up 18 deliveries in the first nine months of 2018
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November 23, 2018 - by Flightglobal
The Montreal-based firm was humiliatingly forced to hand its flagship CSeries airliner to Airbus after investing billions of dollars in the programme, sold its slow-selling Q400 turboprop to a tiny Canadian rival, and hinted that its regional jet business may be next to go.
Yet, the one part that appears to have a solid future is where it all began in aviation for the one-time manufacturer of snowmobiles 40 years ago this month.
Although Bombardier did not take over the near-bankrupt Canadair until 1986, it was in November 1978 that the Bill Lear-inspired Challenger 600 flew for the first time. Since entering service in 1980, around 1,000 of the large-cabin business jets have been shipped, with the latest iteration, the Challenger 650, still notching up 18 deliveries in the first nine months of 2018.